NEW YORK — The mastermind of Auburn’s offense has turned down an offer to become Vanderbilt’s head coach.
Gus Malzahn told Vanderbilt that he’ll remain as Auburn’s offensive coordinator after turning down a lucrative offer from the Commodores, said someone close to the situation.
Vanderbilt offered him a deal that reportedly would have paid him close to $3 million annually. Auburn is expected to at least double his current $500,000 annual salary. That decision was made before Vanderbilt called.
Last week, Malzahn won the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.
He has said he wants to be a head coach on numerous occasions.
Malzhan’s offense has had a record-breaking year and produced the Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Cam Newton. Malzahn was on hand to watch his pupil accept the award here Saturday night.
The Tigers — who’ll play for the national championship against Oregon on Jan. 10 — has set the single-season school record for points, points per game and total yards. Auburn has scored more than 50 points in six games and scored 49 on Georgia.